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It’s alleged that Gauteng police officials forced the complainant to take them to his house. It is there they demanded R200 000.
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Four police officials in Gauteng were remanded in custody for extortion and corruption after they allegedly approached a man, asked to be taken to his house and then demanded R200 000.
The four were remanded in custody by the Germiston Magistrate’s Court on Friday 3 July. The suspects, Warrant Officer Frans Nono Manyelo, 52, Sergeant Fihlang Junior Molefe 47, Constable Matlhalela Lucas Ramalobela 35, and Lucas Malwela 34 handed themselves in at the Germiston Serious Corruption Investigation Unit on Monday 29 June.
The allegations were reported at the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation offices in August 2019 for investigation.
It is alleged that the on-duty police officials approached and searched the complainant’s vehicle and forced him to take them to his house in Brackenhurst, south of Johannesburg.
“On arrival, the suspects searched the complainant’s house and demanded the amount of R200 000 to avoid being arrested. They escorted him to Shell garage on M2 highway where he was forced to withdraw some cash,” said Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu.
The officials, who are attached to Krugersdorp Flying Squad and Ekurhuleni Central Trio Task Team respectively, appeared before the Germiston Magistrate’s Court facing charges of extortion and corruption. The case has been postponed to Monday 6 July 2020 for formal bail application and further investigation.
In a separate incident in KwaZulu-Natal, on Friday 3 July, detectives from the Provincial Anti-Corruption Unit arrested two police officers from the Durban Central police station on charges of corruption, theft and defeating the ends of justice.
The arrests stem from an investigation that the unit initiated when a Durban shop owner informed them that he was unlawfully detained after cash and cell phones were stolen from his premises on 20 June 2020.
“According to the complainant, he was at his businesses premises when the two police officers who accused him of dealing in stolen cellphones approached him,” said Brigadier Jay Naicker.
According to Naicker, the suspects removed 30 cellphones and R50 000 in cash from the premises. The police officers detained the complainant in a holding cell but he was never charged.
“The complainant further alleges that the men returned to his business premises the following day and deleted CCTV footage from his hard drive. Both men will appear in the Durban Magistrates Court on Monday,” said Naicker.
The Provincial Commissioner in KwaZulu-Natal Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula welcomed the arrest of the two police officers at Durban Central and commended detectives from the Provincial Anti-Corruption Unit for their dedication.